You’ve completed Intermediate Spanish Composition, but you don’t feel like you could hold a conversation in Spanish. If you want an opportunity to really practice what you’ve learned in the classroom, consider studying in Sevilla.
The Language, Society and Cultural Studies (LSCS) program is intended for students who have completed at least through Spanish 3403. In LSCS, students will take four to five classes in subject areas include art, language, literature, history, and politics. Classes are taken with other LSCS students at COWA.
Do you want the opportunity to put into practice all the Spanish you have learned so far, challenge yourself in classes with native Spanish students, and move closer to Spanish fluency? The SAS program in Sevilla is the program for you.
Students who have completed Introduction to the Study of Literature & Culture in Spain (Spanish 3450) can participate in the Spanish Advanced Studies (SAS) program. SAS students may choose to take 1 or 2 regular university courses with Spanish students at the University of Sevilla as well as at the Campus Universitario EUSA (Estudios Universitarios y Superiores de Andalucia), a private university affiliated with the University of Sevilla.
SAS students will also have the option of taking COWA courses designed specifically for them. These courses are taught by local professors.
Spring is a great time in Sevilla! As the weather gets warmer there is excitement and expectation in the air. Everyone is looking forward to two of the biggest events of the year, Semana Santa (Holy Week) and the Feria de Abril (April Fair). Studying in Sevilla in the spring gives you the opportunity to experience first-hand cultural events for which people travel from all over the world.
The first of the two events is Semana Santa, which takes place during Easter Week and commemorates the last days of Jesus Christ, his crucifixion, and resurrection. In the name of this commemoration, the different religious brotherhoods of Sevilla organize elaborate processions in which they parade through the streets with statues and icons that belong to their particular churches. Incense, music, and singing accompany these processions. Additionally, the churches themselves are opened up and beautifully decorated for the week. These unique events attract an enormous national and international audience that fills the city streets and are a must see for anyone studying in Sevilla during the spring.
A mere two weeks after Semana Santa, Sevilla is taken over by the Feria de Abril. This event, which is centered in the Remedios neighborhood, captivates the entire city and places the culture of Andalusia at the forefront. The streets fill up with men and women in traditional costumes on horses or in carriages. There are all sorts of vendors and carnival rides, and the air is filled with the strains of flamenco guitar, clapping, and singing. The Feria marks the beginning of the bullfighting season, and the Teatro de Maestranza is filled with bulls and spectators. In contrast to the sombre nature of Semana Santa, the Feria is celebratory and jubilant.
In addition to these highlights, the weather in Sevilla thaws during the spring. Restaurant patios open up just in time for audiences to gather and watch the closing weeks of the La Liga season. The region’s flowers and fruits begin to sprout and bloom and the city’s inhabitants turn off their heaters and move back out into the streets to enjoy one another’s company.
A spring semester in Sevilla can last up to 5 months, which will give you ample time to learn about the city, its language, and its people.
Centuries of History are waiting for you!
During your time in Seville, you will participate in the following site visits and trips that highlight different facets of Andalusia and its history.
Students will take a long weekend to explore the cities of Madrid and Segovia. In Madrid, they will visit the Museo Nacional del Prado and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, museums that hold world renowned artistic masterpieces from Spain and other parts of Europe. Students will also participate in walking tours in which they will see the city’s most famous neighborhoods, markets, plazas and cathedrals. During their day trip to Segovia, they will go to the Royal Glass Factory of La Granja, in which they will observe the fascinating and intricate techniques of glass production. Students will also take a tour through Segovia’s historical center where they will learn about the impressive Roman aqueduct that has served as the city’s most important landmark for over 2,000 years.
Just 20 minutes outside of Sevilla, the Roman city of Itálica gave the Roman world two emperors: Trajan and Hadrian. These days, it is an area of well-preserved Roman ruins, which include the remains of dwellings and a large amphitheater. Students will walk inside the amphitheater on the same ground where gladiator competitions took place while spectators looked on from above.
There are several beautiful beaches along Spain’s southern coast that are a short drive away from Sevilla, and if the weather permits, we will spend an afternoon enjoying one of them.
Students will take a day trip to the city of Córdoba, where they will visit the city’s Jewish quarter, which includes a synagogue from the 14th century, and the Mezquita-Catedral, a unique building whose beautiful architecture and complex history illustrate the multicultural history of Andalusia.
We will take an overnight trip to visit this beautiful mountain city. Students will visit the city’s cathedral and Capilla Real, where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel are buried. There will also be a tour of La Alhambra, Spain’s most famous Moorish castle, and one of the most visited monuments in Spain.